Dried Cherry Mostarda

Published September 2017

Why This Recipe Works

This topping delivers contrasting textures and sweet acidity. The tender chew of dried cherries combines nicely with the spicy pop of mustard grains, and the acidity of the lemon and vinegar adds balance. The fresh thyme provides an earthy herbal note that helps tame the fruit’s sweetness.


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¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon water
½ cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cornstarch

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups

The test kitchen’s favorite coarse-grain mustard is Grey Poupon Harvest Coarse Ground Mustard.

Bring 3/4 cup water, cherries, and thyme to simmer in small saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until liquid has reduced to about ¼ cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in sugar, mustard, vinegar, and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Combine cornstarch and remaining 1 tablespoon water in small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into sauce and continue to cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Off heat, season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cool before serving.